For online publication only at epiphanyzine.com. Writers often listen to music as they work. But while most music writing focuses on the input of what's being listened to or on the output of what's produced during listening, we're looking for essays that meditate on that magical middle, the place where music and one's writing practice intersect.
We want essays about the role music plays in your creative process, about how your writing and listening inform one another. We welcome meditations on all types of music (from Detroit techno to Indonesia gamelan to Rhianna); on all platforms for playing music (from your iPhone to a turntable to the jazz club you share a wall with); on all geographies where the writing-listening takes place (your kitchen table, a park bench, the bus); and on writing of any kind.
It's been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. We want submissions from writers who don't hear the impossibility in that sentiment, but the potential.
1. Submit one piece at a time.
2. Format in 12-pt font, double-spaced.
3. 3000 words or less (ideally, we are looking for essays that are about 1000-1500 words)
4. Tell us if you're submitting simultaneously to other publications (and please withdraw promptly through Submittable should your work be accepted elsewhere).
5. We only consider previously unpublished work.
6. Please include your name, title, and word count on the first page of the submitted file.
We pay $50 for "Music for Desks" essays that we publish online.
**Discounted 1-year subscriptions ($20) are available upon submission, as an add-on item at the payment stage.
During this submissions period, we are offering everyone who sends us work a free digital subscription to Epiphany. If you submit work to us, the code for a free digital subscription will be included in our initial response letter.
We aim to respond to submissions within three to four months, ideally much sooner. Please be patient: we give thoughtful and thorough consideration to each submission. We look forward to receiving your work!